Utilizing optimistic reinforcement coaching, Ms Chan and different trainers would anticipate him to relax, then reward him with a deal with.
“He realised that every time he is calm, he will get his reward. So now his depth of aggressiveness in direction of such animals has decreased considerably,” she mentioned.
“He’s now, as you’ll be able to see, built-in very effectively with the present pack on the animal good friend present, and he has been to many elements of the zoo met lots of people. It is an ongoing coaching course of for Bruce.”
Explaining their strategy to coaching, Ms Chan mentioned: “Whenever you use optimistic reinforcement coaching, their behaviour is extra sustainable and lasts longer … whereas should you punish a canine, they’re avoiding a behaviour due to concern.
“Whenever you use optimistic reinforcement what you get is a contented, motivated animal.”
“MISUNDERSTOOD” SINGAPORE SPECIALS
Singapore specials like Bruce are usually misunderstood, and folks simply understand them as aggressive, mentioned Ms Chan.
“Like many Singapore specials, Bruce tends to react to international objects and sudden actions by barking or lunging. That is his defence mechanism – hoping to scare off issues that scare him,” she defined.
That’s the reason the zoo is collaborating with the SPCA to assist practice and foster canines which have a decrease probability of being adopted. Bruce is the primary one chosen for this Furever Yours programme.
SPCA mentioned that over time, folks have develop into extra receptive to adopting typically, and adopting native breeds and extra mature animals particularly.